Okafor and Chandler trade places

Emeka Okafor and Tyson Chandler have traded places today.  Okafor is now on the New Orleans Hornets and Chandler is now on the Charlotte Bobcats.

Chandler will miss those sweet lob passes from Chris Paul, but going to Charlotte may help his fantasy value. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

Chandler will miss those sweet lob passes from Chris Paul, but going to Charlotte may help his fantasy value. (Flickr/Keith Allison)

While there are some baffled reactions to why Charlotte would make the deal (and others that are not so baffled), the impact on each player’s fantasy value may be marginal.

Fantasy impact:

  • Okafor shouldn’t see that big of a difference in his statistics this year on the Hornet.  He’s primarily a rebounder and shot blocker who will be asked to plug the hole that Chandler is leaving behind.  He is accustomed to taking more shots per game than Chandler, but given Okafor’s superior offensive game this shouldn’t be a problem for the Hornet to accommodate.  With Chris Paul as his new point guard, expect Okafor to be the recipient of some of those famous lob passes as he benefits from his new floor general’s smart play.  Expect his stats to remain around the same as last season, with potential for another rebound or two per game.
  • Chandler, on the other hand, will see bigger numbers this year.  This will partly be due to his improved health, as he is recovered from a toe injury that has plagued him for a while now.  Another reason for expectations for a better year than last is a small nugget of information that his new coach Larry Brown dropped: Chandler will see some time at power forward.  This pending position flexibility, if Brown does indeed go through with his plan, immediately boosts Chandler’s value.  (Okafor is already a forward/center in most fantasy formats.)  If Chandler is really healthy, expect his numbers to bounce back to levels that are closer to 2007-08 than 2008-09.